The acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, has warned police orderlies to stop carrying handbags belonging to politicians or their principals.
This came just as the IG cautioned federal highway patrol policemen
against mounting roadblocks, adding that they were ordered back to the
highways to ease traffic congestion, assist accident victims, fight
armed robbery and other acts of criminality.
The IG, who was fielding questions from newsmen in Calabar, Cross
River State on Thursday, said the duty of an orderly was to ensure the
safety and well being of his principal and not to play the role of a
Abubakar said the era of assigning more than two police orderlies to everybody that applied was over.
He added the force had put mechanism and monitoring gadgets in place
to monitor and arrest those carrying bags for their principals.
“So, VIP should take note that when we give them orderlies, they are
not supposed to be turn into house boys and house girls,” he said.
Abubakar commended the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan
for re-equipping the police force in the country, saying in the 21st
Century policing, the police had created a department where Deputy
Inspector-General would be in charge of Info-tech.
He said the info-tech device would monitor the activities of people
and anything that had to do with Internet, computers and the modern
world of technology that could be used to track vehicles.
The IG said he would create police that belong to the people, serve
the people, respect the people and would be there for the people of
He noted that Nigeria remained the only country in the world where the people castigate their police.
He said, “We want to see a shift on that, we want to accept criticism
that are real, realistic in nature because we want to change, not just
for somebody to sit down and accuse the police that they have not done
this or that.”
He solicited the support of the media in the efforts towards
protecting the country, describing the media as an important organ in
the fight against crime and criminality.
Meanwhile, Abubakar called on state governors to assist in the effective policing of the country.
He was in Benin, Edo State on Thursday in continuation of his visits to police commands across the country.
Receiving 50 Toyota Hilux patrol vans donated to the police by the
Edo State Government, Abubakar commended Governor Adams Oshiomhole for
what he described as countless assistance rendered to security agencies
in the state.